Empire State of Mind


“New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of

There’s nothing you can’t do

Now you’re in New York

These streets make you feel brand new

The lights will inspire you

Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York”

Excerpt from Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys) by Jay-Z


In Part II of our Travel Series, we depart the laid back, golden vibes of California to take in the energy and pace of New York, and the Art Deco flair of Miami. Again, both cities offer so much to those seeking inspiration. From the human stories, to the architecture, food and culture, every nook and cranny acts as a thread, demanding to be pulled and explored further. As with our last blog, below you will find the places that we loved during our stay in both cities. We hope that you will love them too.

Places to Stay

The Raleigh, South Beach Miami

Why we love it: contemporary meets Art Deco glamour, private beach, iconic pool, the perfect location.

The Mondrian, South Beach Miami

Why we love it: modern luxe, big and bright with poolside cabanas and cocktails that make it hard to leave.

The Dream, Manhattan

Why we love it: clean and modern, a pool that transforms into a nightclub, sublime food, all on the footstep of the Meatpacking District.

Places to Shop (for Beautiful Jewels)

Catbird, Williamsburg

Why we love it: home to beautiful pieces from some of the world's most exciting designers, in addition to their own ethically-sourced jewellery line. 

Broken English, Manhattan

Why we love it: meticulously curated selection of contemporary fine jewellery and rare vintage pieces, set in the beating heart of SoHo.

ABC Carpet & Home, Manhattan

Why we love it: luxury everywhere you cast your eyes, from unique jewels to stunning homewares and furniture.

Places to Eat and Drink (and People Watch)

The Raleigh, South Beach Miami

Why we love it: simple, Modern American fare, enjoyed on the terrace, complemented by new world wines.

Juvia, South Beach Miami

Why we love it: rooftop dining, people watching and the intersection of French, Japanese and Peruvian flavours.

Lido Bayside Grill @ The Standard, Miami

Why we love it: come for freshly grilled seafood, or better yet, perch at the bar and take in the views over a spicy margarita.

Cosme, Manhattan

Why we love it: an interior that is both cool yet inviting, food from the renowned Mexican chef Enrique Olvera, the Duck Carnitas is a must-have.

NOMAD, Manhattan

Why we love it: dark and moody restaurant and bar set in the NOMAD Hotel. The decadent Chicken is worth the visit alone.

Salvation Taco, Manhattan

Why we love it: the food is good, the view from the rooftop is even better. Get there early and truly feel that you’re in one of the world’s great cities.

Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg

Why we love it: another rooftop bar but this time set in Brooklyn. A glam crowd devoid of hipsters with a view of Manhattan that is impossible to beat.

Things to Do

Art Deco Walk, South Beach Miami

Why we love it: walk through the Art Deco district of South Beach and be transported back to a time that was more genteel and oozed style.

The Whitney, Manhattan

Why we love it: walk to the end of the High Line and then step into the modern Renzo Piano designed space which focuses on modern American art.

The Guggenheim, Manhattan

Why we love it: set in a space that is as much of a talking point as the art it houses, the Guggenheim is ever-evolving and always worth a visit.

Chelsea Art Galleries, Manhattan

Why we love it: lose yourself for days in the numerous art galleries carved out of old warehouses and garages. A wonderful mix of up-and-coming artists and the more established.

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